Set up in April 2013, OmniArts GB is the brain-child of Becki Short. The company has expanded massively since it opened, and Becki has many plans for taking the company forward as well.
All our mentors/practitioners who work with children and vulnerable adults have enhanced DBS checks.
Becki Short: Founder
Becki has always found a joy from helping others learn how to better their skills, so it is no surprise that she has always wanted to be a teacher. With over 13 years of professional vocal training, and 15 years of dance training, as well as experience in performing on stage, screen and at various events, Becki has a lot to pass on to any aspiring performer.
The ideology of OmniArts is very close to Becki’s heart, as she believes everyone should have the same opportunities available to them as each other.
As well as running OmniArts, Becki teaches private singing lessons, mentors others wanting to become self employed performing arts practitioners, runs various workshops throughout the year and performs regularly in care homes, at 1940’s revival events, and private bookings.
“Being a part of someone else’s journey within the performing arts is such a privilege.”
Find out more about Becki and connect with her on these external links
Ellie Snow: Theatre Director
Ellie has a BA Hons in Drama and Performance from the University of Portsmouth and has been acting since 2010. She is a multi-award nominated actress, recognised both nationally and internationally for short films including winning Best Drama in the Rode Reel short film competition. Ellie joined OmniArts in March 2018.
Most recently, she has become a freelance practitioner at Chichester Festival Theatre and was also selected for the CFT Youth Commissioning Scheme 2018.
Ellie has a keen interest in LGBTQ+ history and contemporary theatre.
At University, Ellie had the chance to deliver workshops and performances to a local school which she thoroughly enjoyed and has a passion for inspiring new creatives, whether it is with children or working alongside aspiring filmmakers.
“It is an honour to be able to be a part of giving new and exciting performing opportunities to the next generation”
Emmie-Jayne Atkinson: Performing Arts Practitioner
Emmie-Jayne has been performing since she was 5 years old. With a passion for Musical Theatre, she joined OmniArts in August 2019 as a general performing arts practitioner across all our groups.
“I am super excited to be able to take a new role with OmniArts and be a part of someone’s development in performance. Having the opportunity to see people grow in confidence and performance skills is an amazing feeling like no other.”
Jennifer Lina: Music for the Mind Practitioner
Jennifer has a BA Hons degree in “Creative and Performing Arts” an A Level in Music and is aspiring to study Occupational Therapy at Masters Level in the near future.
With certificates in Disability and Dementia Awareness, she uses her passion for singing and percussion to run Music For The Mind sessions at Care and Rest Homes in and around Hampshire.
Jennifer believes in the power of music as a therapy tool wholeheartedly and you would only have to accompany her or Becki on one of the sessions they offer to see why!
In complete contrast Jennifer also has a passion for rock music and fronts an 80’s Tribute band in Portsmouth called ROKAJENDA!
“There is nothing so uplifting as seeing someone who has been almost lost inside their own mind, who struggles to communicate and participate most of the time; just light up and start to join in with the room!
Music triggers parts of the brain that bring back things they thought they had forgotten and you get the absolute privilege of sharing in their joy as it happens before you. I meet people who cannot usually remember how to have a conversation; who are suddenly up on their feet singing every word to a treasured song from their childhood. I come away from our sessions both humbled by the human brain and deeply touched that we can awaken some memories and feelings inside it with the power of music.”
Jo Cone: Dance and Multi Arts Artist and Consultant
Jo is a dance practitioner with over 20 years experience working on projects, workshops and training for children, adults, older adults with and without learning disabilities or mental health issues, and older adults with dementia.
“I am excited to be supporting OmniArts as this collaboration will support skill sharing between practitioners, and enable more children, families and older adults to support their wellbeing through dance, play and the arts”